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George L. Aldrich

George Aldrich’s Answers

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  • Can I sue for pain and suffering?

    I had sex with a man about 2 weeks ago, and then he dropped off the face of the earth (after agreeing to be in a committed, monogamous relationship with me)… he then resurfaced after about a week of constant text messaging and leaving voicemails f...

    George’s Answer

    Unfortunately, no. While his actions are not nice, and your trauma can be intense, pain and suffering alone cannot be used for a basis of a lawsuit. You need an actual injury with objective damages as well as the pain and suffering component. From your question, it appears as if it would be a case of "hurt" feelings and mis-communication, unfortunately as stated above the cost and time to yourself would not make it worthwhile. It could very well cause you more pain.

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  • If I was backing out of my spot in a parking lot and was hit by another car that was also backing up. Who is at fault?

    My car has damage directly on the trunk in the center. His car has slight damage back right corner. I saw him at the last minute and honked my horn but he hear me or stop. There were eye witnesses, but they left before I could get their informatio...

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    This would typically be a 50/50 issue. Contact your insurance carrier and also the third parties carrier. They will assign liability to the party they feel is the most at fault and work from there. You have the right to go to any auto repair shop of your choosing to have the vehicle fixed. Make sure the repair shop has your claim number and adjuster information.

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  • Can I still claim "pain and suffering" compensation if the medical bills was paid by my own travel insurance?

    I was hit by a car on a crosswalk while visiting California recently. I didn`t make any claim to the driver`s insurers right away - just called them to report the accident, and said that I`ll contact them later from back home (I`m a foreigner...

    George’s Answer

    Yes. You are entitled to full damages including pain and suffering if the driver was negligent. The effect your insurance payments may have on the claim vary depending upon several factors but, an attorney can assist you with presenting the claim in a way that maximizes both your recovery of medical expenses and pain and suffering. You would be best served to retain an attorney prior to any further interaction with the insurance carrier for the other driver. Once you sign a release, your claims will be closed.

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  • Car was hit by u-haul

    This the situation there was two cars hit and what they offer me is too low for me in the state of ohio they only can give 7500 property damage, they only offered me 5619 and if I keep the car 5119, I'm not trying to get unjustly inrich just whole...

    George’s Answer

    Get an attorney in OH. I would recommend Anthony Castelli (See AVVO Profile).

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  • I have a first time court date in the morning. What if I decide I want an attorney?

    1st time offense , possession of small amount of met

    George’s Answer

    Tell the judge you would like to continue your hearing to hire an attorney. The judge should give you a couple of weeks to retain an attorney to represent you.

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  • Is there a self help center for getting a criminal record expunged in the county of Los Angeles?

    convicted of embezzlement in 2005 , completed probation in 2011 . served time in L . A . county jail . is there a self help system to process an expunger request ?

    George’s Answer

    In some counties the public defenders office will also help.

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  • I got a DUI in nor-cal for a drug charge in 1997 do i have to go to the DUI school even if i was not ordered to go buy the court

    how can dmv order me to go too DUI school if the courts had me sign a paper where the box to attend DUI school was not marked for me to go .

    George’s Answer

    The courts and the DMV have two separate and distinct standards for restricting peoples drivers licenses. The DMV can give and take away driver licenses based upon THEIR OWN criteria. They also work with the courts who can order driver licenses to be suspended, and can order their own conditions for reinstatement.

    That being said, if the DMV requires you to take a course to restore your license, you will have to take the course.

    The bottom line is this. The DMV will give you the privilege of driving. (driving is not a right). To be able to use this privilege you have to abide by the DMV rules. If you violate those rules they have the ability to stop you from legally driving.

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  • On Felony Probation in another county, detained for drunk in public, released on PC 849(b), will PO find out and violate me?

    So I am on supervised felony probation for domestic violence in another county and waiting for probation to transfer to this county , mi mailing in forms until it transfers . My probation states no drugs and no alcohol at all since it was involv...

    George’s Answer

    Depending on the terms of your probation you could be violated for something as simple as not reporting the contact with the police officer. Further you could be in violation for having alcohol in your system. (many felony probation terms are zero tolerance).

    You should contact an attorney immediately. Your P.O. just might run a rap sheet before transferring your probation over. Or, worse, your new P.O. might run it to see what kind of person they will be working with.

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  • Am I allowed to negotiate at my DUI arraignment myself? And can I find out before the arraingment if my case will be filed?

    I have spoke to a couple of attorneys and one told me that since I am a first time, blew under the limit and over 21, my case might not even get filed. I know other facts matter but I'd like to know if I am able to negotiate at that first court m...

    George’s Answer

    No one in their right mind will represent themselves. Attorneys will hire other attorneys to defend them. That said, the D.A. might not file. But, if they do what would you do? Once you are at the arraignment you will have to do something. You will have to plead guilty or not guilty, the city attorney, or District attorney will offer you something along the lines of pleading to the charge as it stands or most likely charge you with a driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This a count that is a DUI, but does not have the .08 requirement. Only that you had something in your system and your driving was impaired. (if the police pulled you over for a legitimate reason, you would be considered impaired).

    You should hire an attorney, or if you cannot afford one talk to the public defender. Feel free to call my office, 310-623-3771, we offer free consultations and would be more than willing to go over the facts of your case and discuss options that you might have

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  • How will a DUI charge affect my job prospects as a future attorney?

    This is my first offense and it will be my only. I have never been in trouble with the law for anything. I'm a good person with good grades in law school. I am so ashamed of myself for this mistake and so scared that I will not be able to get a jo...

    George’s Answer

    The conviction will not stop you from becoming an attorney. But, you must disclose the conviction on your moral character application and show that you are remorseful, taken responsibility, and done all programs and conditions set forth by the conviction. Your moral character might take longer than if you did not have the conviction, but it should not stop you from becoming an attorney.

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